FC Cologne retained its position in the Bundesliga – everything to play for
Posted On July 22, 2021
Before the last day, many Cologne fans might have dreamed of staying, but many acknowledged the fact that perhaps they would accompany Schalke to the second tier of German football.
Colin went to the last day knowing that they would have to beat his landing Schalke to escape the auto landing they had occupied.
The last day was full of drama.
Werder Bremen were the team that occupied before the relegation match kicked off, but lost 4-2 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach. While Werder Bremen were facing defeat at Moenchengladbach, Armenia Bielefeld was edging out Stuttgart, which means that Koln will not be able to escape to safety completely, but they can stick to their tiptoes and have a chance at redemption through the relegation match. They just needed to beat Schalke.
When Sebastian Anderson stabbed a free kick from Jonas Hector in the 71st minuteStreet Minutes, the Colin players were relieved, but it was for a little while because the VAR check determined that there was an offside, and Colin had to reset and look for the winner again.
then at 86The tenth One minute he got a second chance, when Jan Tillmann sent a ball past Sebastian Bornau’s back post to score his first goal of the season. It was the goal that saved Colin and relegated Werder Bremen.
The story wasn’t over yet, as they still had to fight through a relegation playoff against Holstein Kiel.
The first leg saw a disappointment as they welcomed Holstein Kiel to the RheinEnergieStadion. Colin played below par and lost 1-0, which means that they conceded a crucial away goal. The final day’s tournaments now seemed to be a distant memory, and they would have joined Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 for relegation to the second division.
Köln traveled to Holstein Stadion where they knew they would hack themselves to safety where they would have to win.
The game got off to a fierce start. in 2second abbreviation Minutes Ondrej Duda managed to make some space for a cross delivery from Köln on the left. The cross was met by a wonderful header from the club’s player Jonas Hector. Within two minutes, Colin regained parity to equalize.
This didn’t last long though. A little over a minute later, Holstein Kiel would equalize the same level on the day and move forward on aggregate. Fabian Reis managed to cut the ball to Finn Porath who shot the ball into the net, but was thwarted by Timo Horn, but the rebound went into the empty net by Jae-Sung Lee.
The game’s quick start isn’t over yet. in 6The tenth Another minute another superb delivery from the left hit Sebastian Anderson’s header who gave Ioannis Gilius no chance. Colin was ahead 2-1 on the day and it was 2-2 on aggregate, although Colin had the advantage of away goals.
There are still more goals to come. Left Colin was decisive again in the third goal. The short corner that worked well was curled right-footed into the penalty area and Anderson met it again. It was a straight header at Gelius in Kiel’s goal, but he couldn’t help but pass it sideways to Reese who was on the post and unable to block the goal.
Kiel will now need two targets to earn the promotion. at 39The tenth The moment their dreams of promotion were shattered, Cologne’s safety in the Bundesliga was secured when Rafael Chekos faced a knockout on the edge of the penalty area with a resounding half-volley in the top corner. Colin was effectively safe, going 4-2 on aggregate in the first half.
The second half was less eventful, but in the 84th minuteThe tenth Minute Colin put the ice on the celebration cake when Elias Sakhiri ran the ball inside the penalty area and shot it past Kiel to provoke wild celebration scenes and to achieve a dramatic escape from relegation.
Once the festivities are over, Colin will have to reset and rebuild to avoid the fate of the previous qualifier survivor, Werder Bremen.